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Watti Watti/Koomarinna Paleo Survey

Watti Watti/Koomarinna Paleo Survey

15 Day Survey - August 10 > August 24, 1 day flight/13 days trekking/1 day flight

Survey price: $9060 - THREE places left!

This survey departs from and concludes in Adelaide. The survey price includes return flights Adelaide > Simpson Desert.


Survey Grade:

​We are conducting two paleo surveys in 2023 and this is the shorter of the two. In 2014 we were walking in this area enroute to the Kallakoopah Creek and our palaeontologists were most keen to search and dig along the edges of the small salt lakes we were passing. 

There was a pleathora of fossils and bones discovered including Genyornis, Diprotodon, sthenurine kangaroo, bettong, fish, turtle, rodents, Cresent Nail-Tail Wallaby, yabbies, mussel shells and thousands of snail shells.

Needless to say, we have been very keen to get back to this area and spend more time there.

You can read Dr Aaron Camens report from the 2014 survey here.

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digging for fossils
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camels across the lake

What's included

Domestic flight from Adelaide to Olympic Dam, charter flight from Olympic Dam to the desert, and return.

All camping equipment - swags, stools, tents. You bring your own sleeping bag and eating utensils

All meals, though we do not provide snacks

LOTS of space...

Survey RFDS Medical Chest, First Aid and emergency communications equipment

Crew of 4 to 5 cameleers and 2 to 3 scientists

Desert Silence!

Trekking with an environmentally aware responsible business 

(A detailed Survey Information Guide is sent to you when you book)

What's not included

Pre and post airfares and accommodation. We can organise this for you

What else is required?

Travel Insurance. We can advise on which policy is suitable

Where are we trekking?

In the shaded area of the map in the Simpson Desert, Queensland and South Australia. The Simpson is the world's largest parallel sand ridge desert

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